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    Default Re: Most "Comfortable" family road vehicle?

    Quote Originally Posted by Fluffy View Post
    Kids, family, boot space, comfortable - cant go wrong with one of the busses. Ford Tourneo - VW - Vito - H1

    You can thank me in 5 years time.
    I wholeheartedly agree, but in his budget might be difficult to get one with reasonable mileage.
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    Go try it. You will be surprised!

    I think I might just. I had an avensis for 6 years. One of the best and most comfortable cars I ever owned.
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    My dad has a Sorento, the amount of space to pack stuff is crazy. And that 2.2 Crdi has some pretty good get up and go, and it's very frugal. From Jbay to JHB he usually averages 7.5l/100km

    I've done the jhb - jbay and back in it alone in the vehicle, got out not feeling tired once, comfy seats and the oomf to overtake without a stressing or having a 2nd thought.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Francois Theron View Post
    I know everybody will burst out laughing, but taking your requirements into consideration and value for money, nothing beats a Toyota Innova. Its spacious, tough as nails and rides like a dream. Only problem its a bit heavy on juice and looks are an acquired taste. But before you dismiss it outright, go drive one first.
    Haven't seen a Innova in SA. See the OP is in SSW, so assuming Nam?

    If it's anything like the Rush that is available in SA, then i'd wholeheartedly disagree as its a POS.

    CX5 would get my vote, or X-trail or even an older shape Tiguan, but get the diesel.

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    Quote Originally Posted by franshorn View Post
    Haven't seen a Innova in SA. See the OP is in SSW, so assuming Nam?

    If it's anything like the Rush that is available in SA, then i'd wholeheartedly disagree as its a POS.
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    Quote Originally Posted by franshorn View Post
    Haven't seen a Innova in SA. See the OP is in SSW, so assuming Nam?

    If it's anything like the Rush that is available in SA, then i'd wholeheartedly disagree as its a POS.

    CX5 would get my vote, or X-trail or even an older shape Tiguan, but get the diesel.
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    VW Caddy Maxi... It has real space and economy and the passenger car versions are quiet
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    I know you said no french in the OP,

    But, if you want to experience the most comfortable ride / seats - Citroen and Peugeot are the gold standard. There after volvo.

    also the suv's with air suspension are very comfortable up front, but may cause nausea in the back seats if one is prone to motion sickness.

    I would also suggest leather seats as babies/kids are messy in the back. Its easier to wipe a leather seat that scrub upholstery

    cabin noise also depends a lot on the thread pattern of tires fitted.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Die Uwe View Post
    Looking on the car sites there are a lot:
    X3
    Kuga
    Tourneo
    Haval H2/H6
    CR-V
    IX35
    Santa Fe
    Grand Cherokee
    Sportage
    Sorento
    FL2
    XUV500
    Pajero
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    And probably many more I didnt even see
    I'd go with the Honda CRV....Honda is one of the most reliable car brands out there....

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    I don't like the look of the Korean cars, but damn they are reliable. Also not prone to theft.
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    Crv as mentioned is a really good option

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    Just test drive the CRV in town and highway, the CVT box is not everyone's cup of tee. But can't go wrong with a Honda

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    I would look at the older shape VW Tiguan but the 2.0 tdi with DSG gearbox. It is a great car, impressive space and very good on diesel. That engine and gearbox combination is great and from my knowledge a really reliable optiuon that is relatively well priced to maintain.
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    Default Re: Most "Comfortable" family road vehicle?

    My Uncle had a Hyundai Sonata , its like a merc S class leather seats and all the extras one can have for that time , boot is huge and lots of space , perhaps not for the young but its reliable cheap to maintain and nice cruiser for the open road much better than high rise vehicles for same price , he sold it with 300k on as he did not need a big car anymore , if you can handle the looks its perfect , I thing in your budget you will get a perfect one , I think they dont make them anymore as everyone wants a SUV , try one you will be amazed at the amount of space certainly much more than most SUV's
    I drove it numerous times on long distance when we went to CP and Durban , put Cruise control on at 130 and its so smooth with 4 adults in and lots of luggage (4 big suitcases and some small ones all in the boot) I also sat in the back I am 6 foot and the amount of space is ridiculous
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    Default Re: Most "Comfortable" family road vehicle?

    Rolls-Royce Cullinan ticks all your boxes and then some... but you have a budget...
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    I have a 2003 Honda CRV. Build quality is very impressive and it just keep going without any troubles. We have the manual and it is a nice drive (I've heard guys complain about the auto of the same vintage). Fuel consumption not great for a 2 litre - about 9-10km/l. Massive boot space. The spare wheel is on the rear and the floor tray is a picnic table with more packing space below. Newer CRV's have much less boot space (as the spare wheel is located below). Newer models are also a nice drive, built quality may be not as exceptional as the generation 2 and fuel consumption may be a bit better.

    I also have a very high mileage 2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee (diesel). When it comes to driving pleasure and insolated cabin, it is very hard to beat. Much more capable in the rough, but also a more complex vehicle to maintain. Fuel consumption between 8-10km/l. So basically the same as the Honda in real life. The Honda have more packing space. The Jeep's rear seats are uncomfortable for some (don't know, I never sit there).

    We also have a 2009 auto Vito (diesel). Before that we had a 2003 manual Vito. Quite a basic vehicle. Seems expensive for what you get. BUT, you just can't beat the space and seating. Fuel consumption not much too different than the Jeep and Honda.

    To summarise: the Jeep is my heart's choice (a sledgehammer), the Honda is my head choice (a precision instrument) and the Vito ends up being used the most (the daily).

    Get a Vito.
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    Default Re: Most "Comfortable" family road vehicle?

    Quote Originally Posted by Kambro View Post
    An older model S-Class

    Taking into account reliability, economy, etc. I would say Kuga - CX5 - Duster (technically not a French car). If you are fine with a bit more risk (higher mileage and possible repair costs), a Q5.
    I hear the CX5 is really good, my pick would be a Q5. I swapped my Treg for a Q5. Yes there are lemons out there but just look for a nice one. The Q5 is a really fantastic all rounder.

    Skip the 2 0t go for the 2.0 tdi if fuel consumption is of primary concern, or the 3.0 tdi if you want the extra power and a timing chain instead of a belt.

    SUV's are great family vehicles compared to sedans these days.

    The small MPV's should also be very good since they are optimised for space utilisation.


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    Default Re: Most "Comfortable" family road vehicle?

    Quote Originally Posted by Francois Theron View Post
    I know everybody will burst out laughing, but taking your requirements into consideration and value for money, nothing beats a Toyota Innova. Its spacious, tough as nails and rides like a dream. Only problem its a bit heavy on juice and looks are an acquired taste. But before you dismiss it outright, go drive one first.
    This one for sure.

    Spend 2 days in backseat, being driven through bad part of India. With friend in third row. Not most enjoyable drive experience (not the vehicle, the scenery and road conditions), but great comfortable ride.Yes, I am over 6 foot and bit let's say big.

    Reliability not a question. But then, the looks, ok.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Karol View Post
    I know you said no french in the OP,

    But, if you want to experience the most comfortable ride / seats - Citroen and Peugeot are the gold standard. There after volvo.

    also the suv's with air suspension are very comfortable up front, but may cause nausea in the back seats if one is prone to motion sickness.

    I would also suggest leather seats as babies/kids are messy in the back. Its easier to wipe a leather seat that scrub upholstery

    cabin noise also depends a lot on the thread pattern of tires fitted.
    Thanks yes leather seats are not negotiable.

    Maybe it is just my perception and I might be horribly wrong, but are the newer french cars reliable?
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